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The overall goal of the Research and Innovation SIT is to be known internationally for groundbreaking aerospace/aviation research and innovation in select, signature areas, and for discovery-driven undergraduate programs. The plan focuses on four primary strategies to meet this goal:

  1. Signature Research Areas: Identify select, signature research themes where ERAU has a competitive global advantage. Incentivize research and collaboration in these areas and build the necessary infrastructure to compete for large-scale, funded research projects.
  2. Graduate Programs: Identify and support select, signature graduate programs and recruit a research-ready graduate student body.
  3. Undergraduate Discovery: Make ERAU a national model for integrating research as a critical element to enrich the undergraduate curriculum and spur innovation.
  4. Innovation: Accelerate innovation and strengthen industry partnerships.

View the Research and Innovation components of the Strategic Plan.

Research and Innovation

In 2019, the University hired a Director of Prestigious Awards, Dr. Brittany Davis, who has since supported numerous students and faculty in the pursuit of awards and honors with dozens of honorees.

Natasha Ryan, a Tillman Scholar, Grant Johnson, a Goldwater Scholar, and Cameron Dyer, a Boren Scholar, are just a few of the many 2019-2020 award winners.

Featured Initiatives 

The Research and Innovation Team is proud of the many initiatives they have implemented, including:

  • Launching a Presidential Fellowship program
  • Enhancing undergraduate research and discovery opportunities
  • Supporting faculty and student start-ups
  • Expanding curricular and co. curricular research opportunities for all students

SIT Members

  • Chair: Dr. Jeremy Ernst, Vice President for Research & Doctoral Programs
  • Dr. Ahmed F. Abdelghany, Associate Dean for Research & Professor of Operations Management, Daytona Beach
  • Dr. Sandra Boetcher, Research Fellow & Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Daytona Beach
  • Dr. Anne Boettcher, Assistant Dean of Research, Prescott
  • Dr. Anne Marie Casey, Hunt Library Director, Daytona Beach
  • Daniel J. Diessner, Director for the Center for Aerospace Resilience
  • Dr. Nanette Guzman, Director, Office of Sponsored Research Administration
  • Dr. Troy Henderson, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Daytona Beach
  • Dr. Barbara Holder, Associate Professor of School of Graduate Studies, Daytona Beach
  • David Hopfe, Research Development Coordinator
  • Dr. Tasos S. Lyrintzis, Chair & Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Daytona Beach
  • Dr. Stephanie A. Miller, Executive Director of Tech Transfer & Research Park Initiatives
  • Dr. Stacey Mumbower, Assistant Professor, College of Business, Worldwide
  • Dr. Terry Oswalt, Associate Dean for Research & Professor of Engineering Physics, Daytona Beach
  • Dr. Jonathan B. Snively, Professor of Engineering Physics, Daytona Beach
  • Dr. Janet Tinoco, Professor of Management and Marketing, Daytona Beach
  • Chris Whippy, Chief Business Officer, Daytona Beach
  • Dr. Scott Winter, Associate Dean for Research & Associate Professor of School of Graduate Studies, Daytona Beach
  • Dr. Kenji Yoshigoe, Professor of Computer Science, Daytona Beach